Catherine Hardwicke talks TWILIGHT, Filmmaking and Making Money -Rebecca Murray interviews (Exclusive)

>Catherine Hardwicke began her career in films as a production designer working on such diverse movies as Vanilla Sky, Tombstone, Three Kings, and Laurel Canyon. Hardwicke stepped behind the camera to helm her first movie with the gritty coming of age drama Thirteen and has remained in the director’s seat since that 2003 film. Directing Twilight has thrust her into the spotlight alongside her film’s stars – Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart – and Hardwicke says she’s ready to grab the reins of a bigger budgeted film (which could be New Moon), projects Twilight‘s director points out typically go to male directors.

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Kimberly Peirce on Directing STOP LOSS – Rebecca Murray interviews (Exclusive)

Fiercely passionate, Stop-Loss director Kimberly Peirce may be petite in size but she’s absolutely a filmmaking force to be reckoned with. Peirce’s first major film was the critically acclaimed drama Boys Don’t Cry, based on the true story of transgender teen Brandon Teena (Hilary Swank earned her first Oscar for playing Brandon). Now after an eight-year gap in feature film directing, Peirce turns her attention to an equally emotional and hard-hitting story. Stop-Loss exposes a policy employed by the United States government to keep men and women whose tours of duty are over from leaving the military service. Starring two of Hollywood’s hottest young actors – Ryan Phillippe and Channing Tatum – Stop-Loss focuses on how being forced into another deployment in Iraq affects Sgt Brandon King (played by Phillippe).

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Mary Harron on THE NOTORIOUS BETTY PAGE – Rebecca Murray interviews

Mary Harron continues to tackle edgy subject matter. In The Notorious Betty Page, she the story of one of the most fascinating pin-up girls in American history to the big screen. Starring Gretchen Mol as the legendary 1950s model who made a name for herself in fetish poses, the film follows Page’s transformation from the daughter of conservative religious parents to aspiring actress to the vibrant young woman whose provocative photos graced the pages of men’s magazines and made her the target of a Senate investigation into pornography.

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